Voucher scam on so­cial me­dia

The Oban Times - - News -

PO­LICE Scot­land and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment are­warn­ing shop­pers to be on high alert fol­low­ing a spate of fraud­u­lent su­per­mar­ket vouch­ers ap­pear­ing on Face­book.

Fol­low­ing Aldi’s own warn­ing that vouch­ers offering 40 per cent off at the su­per­mar­ket are false, the Scot­tish Busi­ness Re­silience Cen­tre (SBRC) has sug­gested that shop­pers who reg­is­ter are ex­pos­ing them­selves to the risk of iden­tity theft by hand­ing over sen­si­tive per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to crim­i­nals.

With the rise in per­sonal in­for­ma­tion be­ing cul­ti­vated by crim­i­nal gangs and sold via the Dark Web [an in­tri­cate sys­tem of pri­vate un­trace­able web servers of­ten used by hacker groups], po­lice are warn­ing that it is im­por­tant for peo­ple to be vig­i­lant at all times when us­ing de­vices that may store any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

Di­rec­tor of the SBRC, Mandy Hae­burn-Lit­tle, said: ‘The pub­lic needs to be on guard against vouch­ers ap­pear­ing on their so­cial me­dia news­feeds claim­ing to of­fer in­cred­i­ble sav­ings.

‘Crim­i­nals are con­stantly de­vis­ing more com­plex and de­vi­ous meth­ods to un­law­fully take your in­for­ma­tion – and your sav­ings – which is why fraud­u­lent of­fers can of­ten ap­pear of­fi­cial. How­ever, if an of­fer looks too good to be true, it more than likely is.

‘Be cau­tious when on­line, at a time when sav­ings are so of­ten stretched. It is es­pe­cially im­por­tant that we don’t fall vic­tim and in­stead take what mea­sures we can to limit risk.’

Aldi is­sued a warn­ing to cus­tomers af­ter a fraud­u­lent dis­count voucher ap­peared

on so­cial me­dia.

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